Just a little bump on the head

As I’ve shared, Mary is a daredevil and everyday there is a new bump on her head or bruise on her cheek because she falls – a lot! As she is learning to walk I anticipate there to be some falls – but I worry when a bump on the head could really be more.

In my work at Dayton Children’s we talk a lot about the seriousness of concussions and while I can’t imagine Mary getting a concussion from simply falling there are times that a bonk on the head can warrent medical attention.

Luckily – we have some guidelines that are helpful in knowing if a bonk is really serious.  Here are symptoms to watch for that indicate the need for medical attention:

  1. Unusual sleepiness
  2. Memory loss, confusion or troup concentrating
  3. Changes in personality
  4. Increasing headache
  5. Stiff neck
  6. Nausea or voming
  7. Bleeding or clear drainage from the nose or ears
  8. Trouble hearing
  9. Dizziness, blurred or double vision, or unequal pupil size
  10. Weakness, numbness or tingling of the arms and legs

If your little one (or big one) exhibits any of these signs after a bump on the head call a doctor for follow-up!

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